Paul Monies
Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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  • Oklahoma House passes solar surcharge bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A bill that would allow regulated electric utilities to impose a surcharge on customers who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

  • Wind industry project pipeline filling back up in Oklahoma, nation

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    After a slow start to 2013, wind development plans gained momentum and more than 100 projects were under construction across the country by the end of the year, the American Wind Energy Association said in its annual report.

  • Chesapeake CEO touts company's speed, core assets

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Doug Lawler, Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s CEO, spoke before the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, discussing the company’s financial strategy and the changes it’s made since he took over in June.

  • Conservative, environmental groups blast solar surcharge bill in Oklahoma

    Paul Monies | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    They aren’t exactly teaming up, but an unlikely coalition of conservative groups, solar advocates and environmentalists are fighting a solar surcharge bill that could be up for a vote today in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

  • Scientists, oil industry still probing earthquake link

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    NewsOK energy reporters chatted with readers Tuesday morning about the oil industry and earthquakes. Read the complete chat transcript below.

  • Wind power sets records on Oklahoma, Texas electric grids

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    New transmission projects have eased some of the congestion in the grid after the rapid growth of wind farms in the central United States. Wind set a record last month in the regional transmission organization that serves Oklahoma and eight other states.

  • Wind generation sets records in regional grids for Oklahoma, Texas

    Paul Monies | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Helped by long-awaited investments in transmission infrastructure and new projects, wind power generation hit new highs last month in the regional grids that serve Oklahoma and Texas.

  • Energy service, infrastructure stocks lead Oklahoma market gains in first quarter

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Companies supporting oil and natural gas drillers had the best performance among Oklahoma stocks in the first quarter, according to The Oklahoman’s review. The broader stock markets were flat for the first three months of the year after a torrid 2013.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder, OG&E team up for renewable energy

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. expand their partnership under a new agreement to provide the NBA team with renewable energy credits.

  • Oklahoma House committee passes new utility charge for residential solar

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Residential and small businesses who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines would be assessed a new surcharge for the infrastructure costs needed to feed excess electricity back into the grid. Senate Bill 1456 now goes to the full House for consideration.

  • Solar advocates worry about Oklahoma legislation for surcharge

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Customers who install solar panels or erect small wind turbines that generate electricity could be subject to an infrastructure surcharge from Oklahoma utilities under a bill pending at the Legislature.

  • State’s jobless rate declines

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writers | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in February — the state’s lowest unemployment rate in more than five years, according to data released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Unemployment in the state fell 0.2 percentage points to 5 percent in February, making it the state’s lowest unemployment rate since December 2008, said Lynn Gray, chief economist for commission. Employment grew by more than 3,500 in February, according to household survey, while the establishment survey showed a decline of 4,100 jobs for the month. It’s typical for the two surveys to show contradictory results on a month-to-month basis, Gray said.

  • Wind industry invests $6 billion in Oklahoma in last decade, study shows

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    The growth of wind farms in Oklahoma since 2003 led to more than $6 billion in investment, according to a study released Wednesday at the state Capitol. The wind industry opposes a proposed moratorium on new wind farms in the eastern part of the state.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes moratorium on wind farms in eastern Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    Senators voted 32-8 to pass Senate Bill 1440, which would halt wind developments east of Interstate 35 until 2017 in areas that have poor wind resources. Lobbyists for the wind industry said the bill could harm developments statewide and interferes with private leasing contracts.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds changes to CompSource

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    In a unanimous decision, justices at the Oklahoma Supreme Court said a law providing for the mutualization of CompSource Oklahoma is constitutional.

  • Oklahoma bills would ask electric customers to fund upgrades for electromagnetic disturbances

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Upgrading the electric grid to better deal with disturbances from solar flares or electromagnetic pulse bombs could be before Oklahoma voters under proposed legislation.

  • Plenty of companies drilling in Oklahoma

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    NewsOK energy reporters chatted with readers Tuesday morning about various companies drilling in Oklahoma. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 9:28 a.m. Good morning. Our NewsOK energy team will be logging in at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:53 a.m. Hello, thanks for joining us. We'll get started in about 5 minutes. Paul Monies 10:00 a.m. OK, let's get started. We've already got a few questions in the queue. Mark 10:00 a.m.

  • Oklahoma Labor Department would inspect retail CNG pumps under House bill

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    House Bill 3297 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week and would create a “one-stop shop” at the Labor Department for retail compressed natural gas inspections of fuel pumps and tanks.

  • Plan offered to move Oklahoma to all-renewable energy by 2050

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    The Solutions Project has released plans for all 50 states to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the Oklahoma plan calling for a huge increase in wind and solar generation. Opponents of the plan call it impractical and not a good fit for the oil- and gas-reliant Oklahoma economy.

  • Oklahoma's wind generation continues to grow

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Wind provided 15 percent of the electricity generated in Oklahoma in 2013, enough to land the state in seventh place.




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Paul Tue, Apr. 15 2014 11:07:22 AM CST RT @NewsOKEnergy: Oklahoma House passes #solar surcharge bill. (by @pmonies) LINK on @NewsOK
Paul Tue, Apr. 15 2014 10:38:40 AM CST RT @NewsOKEnergy: Engineers meeting in Tulsa share technologies that boost #oil production. LINK in @TheOklahoman
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Paul Sat, Apr. 12 2014 11:42:55 AM CST RT @MadiLAlexander: There are 50 uncontested seats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives this election cycle.
Paul Sat, Apr. 12 2014 01:27:53 AM CST RT @OKenergybeat: #Wind industry project pipeline filling back up in Oklahoma, nation. (by @pmonies) LINK on @NewsOK
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